YPD: Driver admits to snorting heroin before Great Western Road crash

Yarmouth firefighters free driver, administer Narcan at scene
Jonathan J. Looney crashed a work van on Great Western Road Monday after snorting heroin. Yarmouth Police Department booking photo.

SOUTH YARMOUTH - A 29-year-old man overdosed Monday afternoon crashing his work van. According to a follow-up release from Yarmouth police, the driver, Jonathan J. Looney of 28 Wolfson Road in South Yarmouth, admitted to snorting heroin prior to the crash. Officers responded to the crash near Wolfson Road around 12:20 p.m. to find a damaged utility pole and pickup truck and a work van lying on the driver's side. 

The owner of the pickup truck, John McLaughlin, was on top of the van holding the passenger side door open. Witnesses told the officer the driver of the van was unconscious. Officer Richard Aprea requested assistance and climbed up on top of the van. Inside he saw Looney. Officer Aprea crawled down into the van and found Looney had "a weak pulse with continued agonal breathing", according to the release. 

Officer Aprea attempted to free Looney but his legs were trapped. Yarmouth firefighters cut away the windshield and administered a does of Narcan to Looney. He was then removed from the van, the release said. Looney was then transported to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.

Utility crews were called in to replace the utility pole and remove the wires from the roadway. The road was closed and crews were there for several hours restoring power to the area.

Barnstable Police Officer Matt Lounsbury was called in to reconstruct the crash scene. Barnstable County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Investigator Tim Wallace was requested to collect evidence. Looney had reportedly admitted to police that he snorted heroin and lost consciousness. His van veered off the road, striking the utility pole, sheering the pole in half. The van then crashed into McLaughlin's pickup, pushing the truck 10- to 15-yards. The van then tipped over onto the driver's side, the release said. According to police, the lack of visible brake or yawl marks indicates that Looney didn't hit the brakes prior to crashing into the utility pole.

Looney will be summoned to court on OUI-drugs, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and marked lanes violation charges.

Yarmouth police also submitted an immediate threat report to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles requesting that Looney's license be suspended.  


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